AFRICANGLOBE – Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal, as expected, signed a bill last month allowing New Orleans to sell empty lots in the Lower 9th Ward for $100 leaving voters with the final say on the matter in November.
Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, introduced the proposal in February with the hope that it would spur revitalization of the neighborhood that has languished since Hurricane Katrina.
Now that the governor has given his approval, the final piece of the puzzle is House Bill 489.
The Constitution currently allows for the donation of abandoned or blighted properties to nonprofits but not to individuals. Properties are considered to be donations if they are sold for less than their fair market value.
So Bishop introduced another bill that passed the House and the Senate unanimously to amend the Constitution to allow for the sale of properties in the Lower 9th Ward to people “at a price the Legislature may set.”
The issue goes before voters Nov. 4.
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